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SADC appoints President Hichilema to spearhead cholera fight in the region

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SOUTHERN Africa Development Community (SADC) has designated President Hakainde Hichilema as the regional cholera champion to spearhead the fight against the waterborne disease in the region.

The development came to light yesterday during a virtual ex-ordinary SADC heads of State and Government summit on the cholera situation in the region.

The summit also endorsed recommendations on Ministers of Health on measures to be put in place by the SADC region in addressing cholera outbreak.

Further, the meeting endorsed a recommendation for member states to develop and implement multispectral cholera response plans that will effectively control its spread.

The multispectral cholera response will encompass natural disasters and climate climatic effects on cholera re-emergence.

Further, the summit endorsed a recommendation to jointly implement synchronized cross border cholera vaccination campaigns and mobilize vaccines for affected and non-affected countries.

“The summit endorsed to increase investment in the current cholera emergency response while maintaining long term investment for a sustainable solution to the recurrent cholera crisis,” the communiqué reads further.

They also resolved that member states should strengthen collaboration on cross border outbreak risk assessment and public health surveillance to enhance early detection and prevention of outbreak prone diseases.

SADC member states have since been urged to implement the endorsed recommendations which also include the need to accelerate local and international manufacturing of cholera vaccines.

“The summit commended coopering partners: the Africa CDC, WHO, UNICEF and WFP for the technical and financial support towards the cholera response in the SADC region,” the communique reads.

The meeting appreciated the President of Angola João Lourenço for convening the ex-ordinary summit and commended the heads of State and Government for their steadfast commitment to ensuring the health and wellbeing of the people in the region.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 3rd February, 2024)

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Government to sink boreholes across the country

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“WITH the current devastating climate change, the government is going flat out to sink boreholes and do crop irrigation across the country”, President Hakainde Hichilema has said.

The President said his administration is determined to ensure food security despite the challenging circumstances.
“We are determined to ensure that food security is attained even during these difficult times. Let us all get involved and get it solved. We shall overcome as God will do the rest,” he said.

President Hichilema urged citizens to actively participate in the efforts, stating the collective responsibility to overcome the challenges emanating from the dry spell.

Last week, President Hichilema declared the ongoing drought a national disaster, announcing a comprehensive set of measures to mitigate its impact.

The declaration was prompted by the destruction of one million hectares of farmland, affecting over one million households across the country.

(Mwebantu, Monday, 4th March, 2024)

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‘Why are you pretending to be rich?’ HH asks Gov’t officials who insist on traveling on business class

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has described government officials that prefer traveling on business class as cheats and pretenders.

The head of state has revealed that the country has limited resources and it does not make sense for a government official to move in business class at the expense of the treasury.

The president said following the declaration of a national disaster as a result of the prolonged dry spells, that there will be for prudent usage of resources.

“We will aggressively shift resources from consumption, wastage travel, and business class. Secretary to the treasury, I hear there are people who want to travel business class from Lusaka to Johannesburg?” he said, “for one hour 30 minutes [you want to be on business class], we sit on our stools for three hour we village people,”

He wondered what is wrong with a government official travelling on economy class.

What’s wrong with economy ticket for one hour 40 minutes, this is what I call pretence, for one hour 40 minutes you want to fell rich, that’s cheating,” the President said.

He said he has already given his cabinet the signal that there will be no more unnecessary travels.

“There will be no more of such things, including unnecessary travels, size of delegation, I sent this signal to my colleagues in cabinet and I have made this official, resources are limited, the question is how do we utlise the limited resources,” Mr Hichilema said.

Meanwhile, he warned that there will be accountability in the utilization of resources and those found wanting “Will be on their own”

(Mwebantu, Monday, 4th March, 2024)

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House of Chiefs commends President Hichilema’s swift response to drought crisis.

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TRADITIONAL leaders have commended President Hakainde Hichilema’s decisive action in addressing the drought.

House of Chiefs Chairperson Chief Chisunka said the President’s declaration is a timely and crucial step in mobilising resources and support to mitigate the impact of this drought on the affected communities.

Dr Chisunka said the effects of climate change, particularly the prolonged dry spells and erratic rainfall patterns, have posed unprecedented challenges to agricultural systems, water sources, and, most importantly, the livelihoods of people.

He underscored the urgent need for collaborative efforts to mitigate the challenges posed by climate change.

Dr Chisunka said the traditional leadership is committed to supporting the government and ensuring coordinated relief efforts.

“As traditional leaders, we commend President Hakainde Hichilema for his swift and decisive action in recognizing the gravity of the situation and marking our country’s debilitating drought as a national disaster and emergency. Together, we can overcome this crisis and emerge stronger and more resilient than before. We will continue to work together to build a better and brighter future for all our people,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 3rd March, 2024)

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